Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers made the trip to Germany on Wednesday night to take a closer look at Julian Draxler, according to reports.
The Daily Mail claims Rodgers was in the stands to watch the 20-year-old during Schalke’s victory over FC Basle in the Champions League last night, with the German international getting his name on the scoresheet as his side reached the knockout stages.
The paper goes on to claim the Reds boss sees Draxler as a potential successor for 33-year-old Steven Gerrard in an advanced midfield role, as the England international moves into a deeper position at Anfield.
Liverpool aren’t the only Premier League club keen on the player however, with a number of other top sides keen on the attacking midfield.
Both Chelsea and Manchester United have been credited with an interest in the past, whilst Arsenal are also said to be admirers of the player.
Indeed, Jan Aage Fjortoft, the former Premier League striker now working as a journalist in Germany, said earlier this month that the Gunners were big favourites to sign the player.
He also revealed that Arsene Wenger is in contact with the playmaker, and that Draxler has a €45million minimum fee release clause in his contract.
“I understand Arsenal are big favourite to get Schalke's Wonderkid Julian Draxler,” he Tweeted.
Whether the price-tag would put Wenger off remains to be seen, but the Frenchman showed in the summer that he’s willing to spend big to bring the right player to the Emirates Stadium.
It would also be a lot of money for Liverpool, but if the club continue to impress in their quest for a Champions League return, then it could prove to be a sound investment.
Time will tell.
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